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Expert: Reported decline in Haitian immigrant population likely a result of census scare

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NEW YORK — After a decade of decline in the number of Haitian-born immigrants, the city saw an influx of refugees from the country in 2021, according to an annual report from the Mayor’s Office of Immigration Affairs (MOIA). However, according to an expert, the reported decline may reflect a lack of Haitian participation in the census used in the city’s report.

Between 2010 and 2020, the number of residents born in Haiti decreased by 17% to 78,250 people according to the MOIA 2021 reportciting data from the 2020 American Community Survey. Haitians are the ninth largest foreign-born population in the city, according to the report, and Haitian Creole is the fifth most spoken language among people born in the stranger.

Georges Fouron, professor of social sciences at SUNY stony streamsaid the reported decline in Haitian immigrants may reflect a lack of census participation due to fear rather than actual numbers.

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